NPPD CEO Stepping Down Posted by John Axtell Date: February 16, 2020 4 Views COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska Public Power District President and Chief Executive Officer, Pat Pope is retiring, although no specific date given for him to step down. Pope says he will remain available to help with the transition to his successor and will continue working on NPPD’s generation options for the future and rural e-connectivity initiatives. Pope joined the utility in 1979 after earning his degree in electrical engineering from UNL, and steadily worked his way up from through a variety of positions to VP of Energy Delivery in Oct 2003 and for Energy Supply a year later. Pope was named VP and COO In Jan 2008 and President and CEO in April 2011. He is the 2nd-longest service NPPD President and CEO behind the 12 years of Woody Hill, Board Chair Barry DeKay says the NPPD board’s executive committee has been working with Pope for the past few months to ensure a smooth leadership transition, adding that discussions have been underway with Executive VP and COO Tom Kent to replace Pope. DeKay says the executive committee is expected to formally recommend hiring Kent at the full board meeting next month.